Planet Fitness celebrates grand opening of new Oshawa gym

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Published February 9, 2023 at 9:57 am

Bob Chapman, Deke, Mayor Dan Carter, Rick Kerr, Jessica Sisk Roehle (Taymax). Kathleen Hutton

The Planet Fitness Oshawa location held its grand opening Wednesday with local dignitaries and representatives from the Oshawa Generals on hand for the celebration.

Home of the ‘Judgment Free Zone’ and one of North America’s fastest-growing fitness franchisors, Planet Fitness now has three clubs in Durham Region. The Bowmanville location opened in 2017, Pickering in 2022 and the new 18,000 sq. ft. club at 555 Simcoe St. S – a stone’s throw from the future Oshawa Central GO Station – opened its doors in January.

Planet Fitness had its start in 1992 when founders Michael and Marc Grondahl bought a Gold’s Gym franchise in New Hampshire and ten years later acquired the Planet Fitness name with a focus on serving “everyday people” instead of the bodybuilding crowd Gold’s was known for.

“We place equal emphasis on affordability, high quality and a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone, no matter where they are in their fitness journey,” said Jessica Sisk Roehle, the President (International) of Taymax Group, which operates more than 150 Planet Fitness franchises.

Planet Fitness offers state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, a 30-Minute Express Circuit, numerous flat screen televisions, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers and is open 24/7.

Then club is also known for its inexpensive fees, with memberships starting at $15 per month with a ‘Black Card’ membership (transferable to any location) at just $24.99 a month.

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